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Eric G. Müller

In Issue 5 on March 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm

And Still the Birds Tumble

(After viewing Albrecht Dürer’s woodcuts at the Clark Museum)

Clouds bleed bullet
birds
above starved lamb
sleeping
between angels turn
human
while bats rip open their own
chests
dropping hot tar
dreams
over winged skull with woman’s
smirk
into knuckle-sockets onto spiral
knees
below cracked cranium
listening
to jawbone-arms
prattle
twisted lies that
lie
around the bone-mount as the
hand
of the lowered shroud-body
rests
in a veiled lap like a
fish
with one blood-eye
reading
her unlocked barefoot
book
near a cross-drill that blinds the
disc-I-ple
and still the birds
tumble
when lotus flower-flames
open
around the nailed lamb that
offered
His last breath as the
tomb
shuddered and the ashes
flickered

****

Eric G. Müller was born in Durban, South Africa, and studied literature and history at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Currently he is living in upstate New York, teaching music, drama, and English literature. He has written two novels, Rites of Rock (Adonis Press 2005) and Meet Me at the Met (Plain View Press, 2010), as well as a collection of poetry, Coffee on the Piano for You (Adonis Press, 2008). Poetry, articles and short stories have appeared in various journals, anthologies and magazines. http://www.ericgmuller.com

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